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Pere Marquette River - Scottville - Michigan

Hatch Chart - Best Access/Spots - Local Fish - About

Water Flow Chart

Using Water Flow Charts & Weather Reports: Begin with our water flow charts to grasp stream velocity and volume – look for stable or rising trends to pinpoint ideal fishing times. Learn to interpret sudden spikes or drops, which can indicate potential challenges. Next, consult our weather reports to understand ambient conditions. Pairing the two, you can anticipate fish behavior, choose the right gear, and select the best fishing spots. Use these tools together for a holistic approach to your next fishing adventure.

In-Depth Weather

Directions To Location

Hatch Chart

Month Hatch Time of Day Recommended Fly Sizes Popular Fly Patterns
January Midges, Stoneflies Midday 18-22, 4-8 Zebra Midge, Black Stonefly Nymph
February Midges, Stoneflies Midday 18-22, 4-8 Zebra Midge, Golden Stonefly Nymph
March Stoneflies, Little Black Caddis Midday 4-8, 18-20 Golden Stonefly Nymph, Elk Hair Caddis
April Blue Winged Olive, Hendrickson Afternoon 14-20, 12-14 Parachute Adams, Pheasant Tail Nymph
May Gray Drake, Sulphur Afternoon - Evening 10-12, 16-18 Sparkle Dun, Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail
June Stoneflies, Caddis Afternoon - Evening 4-8, 14-18 Pat's Rubber Legs, Elk Hair Caddis
July Hopper, Trico Morning - Afternoon 8-12, 20-24 Parachute Hopper, Trico Spinner
August Trico, Terrestrials Morning - Afternoon 20-24, 8-12 Trico Spinner, Chernobyl Ant
September Terrestrials, Blue Winged Olive Early Morning, Late Afternoon 8-12, 14-20 Chernobyl Ant, Pheasant Tail Nymph
October Blue Winged Olive, Salmon Egg Morning - Afternoon 14-20, 6-10 Parachute Adams, Glo Bug
November Midges, Stoneflies Midday 18-22, 4-8 Zebra Midge, Pat's Rubber Legs
December Midges, Stoneflies Midday 18-22, 4-8 Zebra Midge, Black Stonefly Nymph

While we strive to ensure the precision of our hatch charts, some reflect broader river region insights. Through ongoing partnerships with local guides and fly shops, we’re committed to refining our data. Should you notice any inconsistencies or have feedback, we welcome you to reach out. 

Best Fishing Spots

The Pere Marquette River in Scottville, Michigan, is a fly fisherman’s dream due to its diverse fish population and scenic beauty. Some of the best spots include:
  • Baldwin: Known for its superb trout fishing especially in Spring and Fall. A variety of insects present here offers the opportunity for dry fly fishing.
  • Custer: This spot is perfect for Salmon and Steelhead fishing in Fall and Winter respectively. The depth of the river here allows for big fish to linger.
  • Indian Bridge: With deep holes and undercut banks, this spot is an excellent one for trophy brown trout.
  • M-37 Access: Easy to access spot that lures Steelhead in the Winter and Spring. Good for wading and float fishing.
  • Green Cottage: This fishing spot is fabulous for its Salmon fishing throughout the Summer and Fall.
Each of these spots has distinctive and alluring features for various fishing styles and seasons, making the Pere Marquette River a favorite amongst fly fishermen.

Best Access Points

The Pere Marquette River in Scottville is a haven for fly fishers. Here are the best access points:

  • Mason County Campground: Offers easy access to the stream, with picnic tables and restrooms available.
  • Scottville Riverside Park: Provides fishing access in both the park and downstream river area.
  • Upper Branch Bridge: Located off Tyndall Road, it provides a quiet, secluded fishing location.
  • Indian Bridge: Off Custer Road, Indian Bridge is known for its plentiful brown trout.
  • Custer Bridge: This is a state-operated access point offering a good location to start a float trip.

Remember to respect private property while fishing and always adhere to Michigan’s fishing regulations. Enjoy your time on the beautiful Pere Marquette River!

Local Fish

  • Brown Trout: A highly sought-after species in the Pere Marquette River, known for its distinctive dark spots and golden-brown hue.
  • Rainbow Trout: Notably vibrant and versatile, Rainbow Trout offer a thrilling challenge for fly fishermen in the area.
  • Brook Trout: Known as Michigan’s state fish, Brook Trout are native to the Pere Marquette River and provide a fulfilling fishing experience.
  • Salmon: Although typically larger than other species, the Pere Marquette River supports a healthy population of Salmon making it a popular target for fishing.
  • Steelhead: A unique trout species that provides an exhilarating and rewarding catch due to their strength and size.
  • Smallmouth Bass: These resilient fish are a popular target for fly fishermen due their consistent availability throughout the year.
  • Walleye: Known as the ‘Fish of 10,000 casts,’ Walleye present a gratifying challenge for fly fishing.
  • Northern Pike: A dominant and aggressive species, the Northern Pike provides a thrilling experience for those who are up for the challenge.

About The River

The Pere Marquette River in Scottville holds a rich and bountiful history worth exploring. Etched in its course are stories spanning centuries, from the native American tribes that once fished its waters to the European settlers who made their homes alongside it.

  • The Pere Marquette was designated as a National Scenic River in 1978, a testament to its natural beauty and ecological significance.
  • In the 1800s, it was extensively used for logging, with timber floated downstream to mills in Ludington and Scottville.
  • Today, the river draws tourists from around the world, boasting one of Michigan’s best fisheries with a diverse array of fish, including brown trout, smallmouth bass, and the ever-elusive steelhead.
Through the changing times, the Pere Marquette River has remained constant, quietly shaping the landscape, folklore, and people of Scottville.


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